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Kronberger 61

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Observer
Peter Goodhew FRAS
Time of observation
05/11/2019 - 17:28
Object
Kronberger 61
Observing location
Fregenal de la Sierra, Spain
Equipment
APM TMB LZOS 152 Refractor
10Micron GM2000 mount
QSI6120wsg8 camera
Exposure
23 hours total exposure OIIILRGB
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Kronberger 61 (Kn 61). also known as the Soccer Ball nebula, is a recently-discovered planetary nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. It was discovered in January 2011 by Mattias Kronberger, who is a member of the amateur group Deep Sky Hunters. It is very small (diameter of 104 arcsecs).
It is barely visible on the second Palomar Optical Sky Survey (POSS-II) blue plate scan, suggesting a surface brightness well below magnitude 25 per square arcsecond - and at an estimated distance of 13,000 light years (1).
It is a highly filamentary bubble with a high expansion velocity of 67.6 km/second. A crude kinematic age for the bubble yields 16,000 years (2).

Astrodon Blue: 10x300"
Astrodon Green: 10x300"
Astrodon Lum: 19x600"
Astrodon Red: 10x300"
Astrodon OIII: 34x1800s bin 2x2
Total Integration: 23 hours

Captured on my dual rig in Spain.
Scopes: APM TMB LZOS 152 (6" aperture 1200mm focal length)
Cameras: QSI6120wsg8
Mount: 10Micron GM2000 HPS

(1) <a href="http://www.gemini.edu/node/11656" rel="noreferrer nofollow">www.gemini.edu/node/11656</a>
(2) <a href="https://arxiv.org/abs/1406.4408" rel="noreferrer nofollow">arxiv.org/abs/1406.4408</a>

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